Ameren Missouri is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the company by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The suit filed in January alleges that Ameren violated the Clean Air Act by making multi-million-dollar modifications to its coal-fired power plant in Festus without installing required pollution controls and obtaining the necessary permits.
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A State Senate committee spent several hours last night (Wednesday) discussing legislation that would allow utility companies in Missouri to charge customers for a site permit for a proposed nuclear power plant. The reactor would be built by St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri and would be located next to the company’s reactor near Fulton. The price tag for the site permit is around $40 million. Opponents included Jean Blackwood of the Sierra Club:
Parts of Missouri are cleaning up after strong storms swept across the state overnight. The storms may have resulted in a few tornadoes late last night and early this morning. High winds knocked down power lines and trees in parts of the St. Louis area. There were no reports of injuries. Wind gusts of up to 70 mph were common in the St. Louis area.
Crews with Ameren Missouri are working to restore power to thousands of customers throughout Missouri.
Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Missouri, is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
Credit (Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)
The small town of Labadie is about 35 miles west of St. Louis. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
This diagram is an excerpt of “figure 1” from Ameren’s “Detailed Site Investigation,” showing the location of the company’s proposed coal ash landfill. (Ameren Missouri website)
Shift supervisor Jim Dean stands in front of one of the Labadie power plant’s four turbines. He has worked at the plant since 1976. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
A diagram of Ameren’s proposed landfill site. (Ameren Missouri)
The approximate locations of drinking water wells in Franklin County. (Map created for the Labadie Environmental Organization based on Missouri Department of Natural Resources well location data)
Ameren has already purchased 1,100 acres of agricultural land next to its power plant in Labadie and plans to build a 400 acre coal ash landfill on the site. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
Front Street is Labadie&#039;s “Main Street.&quot; (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
Fourteen dedicated trains make the seven-day trip from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to bring coal to Ameren’s power plant in Labadie. The plant burns two train loads of coal every day. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)